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The Waterstones Round Up: October's Best Children's Books

Posted on 30th September 2021 by Mark Skinner

From Rowling to Kinney and Baddiel to Pichon, the big names in children's literature are firing on all cylinders with fantastic releases this month. With kids' debuts from Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick and comedy god Lenny Henry in the mix - not to mention some truly stunning gift editions that you won't want to miss - October is shaping up to be an epic month of booky brilliance for all young readers.     

 
 
 
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Bursting with festive charm and imagination, this magical adventure written by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Field, revolves around a boy’s determined quest to find his missing toy pig before Christmas Day.
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Can Greg Heffley score a slam dunk after he unexpectedly winds up on his school’s worst basketball team in the hilarious 16th instalment of the mega-selling Wimpy Kid series?

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The nation's beloved Supervet pens his first novel for young readers with the thrilling tale of a vet specialising in bionic animal care and his dastardly nemesis bent on poisoning dogs and cats throughout the land.

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Tom Fletcher’s joyous festive series finds the Christmasaurus on a mission to show children languishing on Santa’s naughty list the error of their ways.
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A new Tom Gates novel is always a cause for celebration and his nineteenth outing proves why the series is such a hit as the laughs come thick and fast when Tom is forced into the slow lane by a broken ankle but will stop at nothing to make sure he gets his dream doughnut.
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The heartwarming and hilarious debut children's novel from national treasure Lenny Henry sees average kid Tunde suddenly sprout wings during a football match, embarking on an exciting and sinister journey of discovery.
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The author of The Parent Agency and Head Kid spins another side-splitting story, as unremarkable Billy Smith becomes an overnight sensation when his class presentation goes viral.

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The bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series serves up a mesmerising adventure revolving around a leading academy for underwater explorers, where deep secrets and age-old rivalries are about to resurface.

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Prepare for the ultimate showdown between Artemis Fowl’s younger brothers and the ruthless Lord Teddy Bleedham-Drye in this rip-roaring instalment of Colfer’s hilarious and thrilling fantasy series.

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Boasting over 150 stunning colour illustrations and glorious interactive paper-engineered features, this very special edition of the second Harry Potter adventure is every collector’s dream.
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The second spellbinding adventure in the A Clock of Stars series, Beyond the Mountains sees Imogen and Marie return to the magical land of Yaroslav, only to find it greatly changed.
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The third instalment of Funke’s immersive Dragon Rider series sees the emergence of an awesome mythical creature whose fate is tied up with all other magical beings and a thrilling new mission for Ben and the Greenblooms.
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In a story that is as timely as it is enthralling, the former Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner takes readers on a powerful journey into buried identities and historic racism, revealing how our past is shaped by those who are allowed to tell its story.
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A wonderfully realised Siberian adventure with echoes of Stig of the Dump and The Wild Way Home, as recently bereaved Bela discovers a doorway to a land frozen in time and a 40,000-year-old elder sister.
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Christmas obsessed Holly Carroll discovers that the festive season is not necessarily filled with cheer for everyone in this feelgood and funny tale of embracing empathy and helping others.
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This beautifully illustrated winter story, set in a gorgeously evoked fairy-tale Norwegian landscape, centres on a lost young girl determined to save a bear in the woods, whatever the cost.
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Body swap mayhem makes for a hilarious and moving debut YA novel from the author of Queenie, as two friends in a South London school accidentally cast a spell with far-reaching consequences.
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The author of the bestselling The Minituarist breathes fresh life into an ancient myth of passion and betrayal in this powerful feminist retelling, adorned with stunning illustrations by Olivia Lomenech Gill.
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The stunning sequel to the bestselling modern classic, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe finds the devoted couple face the challenges of forging a lasting relationship in an often hostile world.

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Recasting the true story of the only female Chinese emperor as a thrilling space opera, Iron Widow follows a young concubine-pilot determined to dismantle the patriarchal system following the brutal death of her sister.
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Pullman’s magnificent His Dark Materials novella gets a stunning full-colour gift edition boasting breathtaking illustrations from Chris Wormell that bring the story to vibrant and dramatic life.
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Discovering they have less than 24 hours to live, two young strangers embark on an adventure of a life-time – within the confines of one day – in this moving and unforgettable bestseller from Adam Silvera.
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Perfectly crystallising the agonising tensions and niggling backchat of family Christmases and seamlessly blending some difficult subject matter with writing that is sharp, moving and very funny, Juno Dawson’s latest novel is a bittersweet taste of Christmas that makes for unmissable seasonal reading.
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Boasting breathtaking illustrations from Chris Wormell, this deluxe gift edition of the second part of Philip Pullman’s classic His Dark Materials trilogy is a gorgeous volume to be treasured forever.
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A feminist take on The Outsiders set in 1960’s Texas, Bad Girls Never Say Die is an electrifying story of murder, secrets and loyalty from the author of Moxie.
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Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize, Diverse Book Award, Young Quills Historical Fiction Award and Iris Award Longlisted for the YA Jhalak Prize and the UKLA Book Award Nominated for the Carnegie Medal Nobody free till everybody free. Moa is fourteen. The only life he has ever known is toiling on the Frontier sugar cane plantation for endless hot d...
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An ideal gift and every collector’s dream, this sumptuous, magical volume invites the reader on an incredible visual journey into the world of Harry Potter through Jim Kay's iconic illustrations and never-before-seen pencil sketches and character studies, coupled with unforgettable quotations from J.K. Rowling's novels.
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The perfect resource for curious kids (and their bamboozled parents), Britannica First Big Book of Why answers all those essential questions about the world around us in a fun, vibrant way.
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A huge hit with children and the perfect gift, books in the Welcome to the Museum series offer a brilliant introduction to the world through objects, artwork and images, in the interactive style of a museum and the latest addition - Oceanarium - brings children up close and personal with the wildest wonders of the ocean
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From Alice in Wonderland to The Nutcracker, this breathtaking volume is a visual feast that retells a dozen classic children’s tales in concise text, accompanied by stunningly detailed maps of the stories’ settings.
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A winning mix of classic nursery rhymes and Shirley Hughes’ timeless illustrations, Round and Round the Garden is a beautifully produced collection which children and adults alike will take to their hearts.
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Packed with vibrant illustrations from Onyinye Iwu, My Skin Your Skin is an invaluable resource for helping young children learn about anti-racism and celebrate the achievements of all children from a noted Early Years expert.
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From Ida B. Wells to Naomi Osaka, this illuminating addition to the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series spotlights one hundred Black women and girls from around the world and across the centuries, retelling their inspiring stories for a young audience.
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A fun approach to learning about the past that breaks history down into bitesize chunks with a different historical event for every day of the year, On This Day is accompanied by eye-catching photographs and artwork making it the perfect gift.
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Aimed at an older audience than the bestselling Little People Big Dreams picture books, this gorgeous treasury retells the life stories of fifty truly remarkable individuals alongside vivid and characterful illustrations.
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The sort of book readers will return to again and again and the perfect gift for junior nature lovers, Matt Sewell’s Atlas of Amazing Migrations follows some of the most epic, dangerous and iconic species’ journeys, beautifully illustrated with his own watercolour pictures.
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The hugely popular star of CBBC’s Do You Know? dives deep into a world of stuff to reveal the fascinating hidden stories behind the everyday objects that we take for granted.
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Full updated and now boasting the lowdown on 600 unique blocks, Minecraft Blockopedia is the ultimate resource for all fans of the world-building phenomenon.
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A great new winter addition to the popular Tales from Acorn Wood stable, with durable flaps on each page, Squirrel’s Snowman sees the animals on the hunt for all the pieces of the perfect snowman.
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From the author/illustrator of Lost and Found and Stuck comes a hauntingly beautiful picture book ghost hunt, boasting interactive transparent pages and Jeffers' unique artistry.
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Bringing the festive fun of Fletcher’s original Christmas story to younger readers, this delightful rhyming retelling is the heartwarming tale of a plucky dinosaur determined to help pull Santa’s sleigh.
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Originally commissioned by The Poetry Society as their annual poem to welcome Norway’s gift of a Christmas tree to Trafalgar Square in 2020 and now presented in a new hardback edition, beautifully illustrated by Norwegian artist Victoria Sandøy, The Christmas Pine is a modern Christmas classic about the magic of nature and new beginnings to rival The Night Before Christmas.
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Reuniting Wonky Donkey and Dinky Donkey for another zany rhyming picture book tale, Wonky Donkey’s Big Surprise is a hilarious and heartwarming read for all the family to enjoy.
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The follow up to the popular hit picture book I'm Sticking with You! sees Bear and Squirrel’s friendship challenged by the arrival of Chicken in a sweet story about teamwork and sharing that children will love.
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The third picture book collaboration between Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey, Spreading My Wings is a sweetly affecting story about having the courage to be yourself that’s perfect for encouraging children to find their own voice and come out of their shell.

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Making enchanting use of colour and light and shade, Faber and Hobday’s stunning picture book goes on a nocturnal quest to uncover the activity and industry that take place when we are all tucked up in our beds.
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Adding 13 more storeys to their already gargantuan treehouse, Andy and Terry embark on a restful breaking on the camping holiday level – with predictably side-splitting results.
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The inimitable Clarice Bean returns in this warmly funny festive story from former Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, as our young heroine is forced to adapt to having a quiet Christmas.
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The author of A Boy Called Christmas delivers the irresistibly charming tale of a resourceful, cheese-obsessed rodent on a grand adventure.
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Tom Percival has already proved himself adept at writing about emotion for pre-school children with his Big Bright Feelings series and in the first in a new illustrated fiction series for younger independent readers he tackles the challenges of learning to be yourself in an action-packed and humour-filled adventure.
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When a shooting star falls to earth loveable half-vampire, half-fairy Isadora Moon finds an interstellar new friend in urgent need of her help in the latest sparkling, side-splitting story from Harriet Muncaster.
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More hilarious hijinks in Ancient Gaul as our redoubtable heroes join the quest for a mythical creature in the 39th instalment of the classic comic strip series.
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